WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former attorney general Loretta Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle” in email discussions regarding her now infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, reports Judicial Watch.
Lynch, who served as AG under Barack Obama’s administration during the FBI’s probe into then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, met with former president Clinton at a Phoenix, Arizona airport just before the FBI announced it would not recommend charges against Donald Trump’s political rival.
Although the meeting raised many eyebrows in both legal and political circles, both Lynch and Clinton claimed at that time that the meeting was accidental and that the probe into whether Hillary Clinton had revealed classified information when using private email servers while secretary of state was never discussed.
However, new documents obtained by conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice reveal that Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle” in discussing the controversy surrounding the meeting and how to best respond to the growing media frenzy surrounding it (http://media.aclj.org/pdf/Clinton-Lynch-Documents-1.pdf).
The emails were included in 413 pages obtained as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch seeking information about the June 27, 2016 meeting. Although Lynch officially denied any wrongdoing, it was later revealed that Lynch took great efforts to conceal the meeting, which was discovered by a reporter in Phoenix based on a tip.
After learning of the meeting, the Phoenix’s ABC News affiliate contacted the Justice Department to inquire about the possible conflict of interest. The Judicial Watch emails reveal that the reporter’s call touched off a mass panic to develop talking points to help quell the developing scandal.
In a statement, Lynch’s attorney, Robert Raben, confirmed to The Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/07/here-is-the-alias-email-account-loretta-lynch-used-as-attorney-general/) on Monday that Lynch, in fact, used the pseudonym for the purpose of security, but denied any iniquity.
“That address was and is known to the individuals who process [Freedom of Information Act] requests; the practice, similar to using initials or numbers in an email, helps guard against security risks and prevent inundation of mailboxes,” Raben said.
When pushed for details on what was discussed during her meeting with Bill Clinton, Lynch claimed the two kept the conversation “light” and primarily discussed each other’s grandchildren.
It was later pointed out by critics of the story that Lynch, who has no children of her own, had no grandchildren to discuss.